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All football fans must surely praise Arsene for having for having more balls and confidence in his teams ability and his own principles than the "Special???!" One.
The criticism of all managers fielding weaker teams in the early cup rounds is that they get to the final and then put in first choice players. What guts for Arsene to not do this and hold faith with the players that got through to the final.
While Jose is flashing the fact that he won the CL as proof he is a good manager, Arsene has players developed through the Arsenal academy to prove what a good manager he is. Jose will leave Chelsea before Roman stops splashing the cash because he knows he cannot create a team, only buy one.
I hope however that Arsene plays Gallas at centre back instead of Senederos so that he can get the winner. It would be a fitting way to win the final.
92/93 - 10th
93/94 - 4th
94/95 - 12th!! (6 points above relegation!)
95/96 - 5th
So before anyone says Wenger is "losing it", in the 4 years before his arrival, our highest finishing position was the same as Wenger's lowest.
Yep, before Arsene came along, it was a bonus to win anything. Our League Cup win in 87 was our first major silverware in 8 years. If we win it on Sunday, it'll be our first major silverware in 2 years.
George Graham was a "successful" Arsenal manager, untouchable before the "bung" thing came about, but apart from 89/91, we were never a top two side. Didn't we finish 9th when we won the cup double?
Remember we have gone a lot longer than 3 years without winning anything before, and I still supported them.
Just because we have had a LOT of success in the past ten years, does not it our divine right to have a piece of silverware every year.
Personally, i feel that arsene is right to play the 'kids',although i think he'll mix in some slightly more experience players as well.He's used the carling cup as a test for his less experienced players,just to see if they have what it takes to get to the next level.
Obviously i'd love us to win the game,but if we show that we can compete with chelsea at this level,then i'd be ok with that.
Lets be honest,if you look at jose' career at porto(champioships,Uefa cup,champions league)it's actually quite impressive.But since he has left porto,they have STILL won their championship twice(i think),so their fortunes haven't suffered since he's left.
Arsene and jose have radically different views on how football should be played.
Jose is all about the result,he's not too bothered by how the result is achieved.In fact i think he's more happy win grinding out a one-nil victory than by winning 3-1.
Arsene,on the other hand,prefers to play football in a free flowing almost flamboyant way.He likes his players to be interchangeable,pass and move,speed and athleticsm.
We can only judge Jose after he's spent five or six years in the premiership,built a second championship winning team etc.
I know people often accuse Arsene of being a 'whinger' and always complaining,but for the last two or three months jose has be complaining every day about 'INJURIES'....this is a man who's club has the deepest pockets in football.
I've never heard,arsene,alex ferguson,benitez,even glenn roeder complain about their injuries.....that says it all.
Yes whilst on that subject Damian, plse stop your Arsenal chants, just join me and quietly wave your scarf, some of us like a bit of peace and quiet at the Emirates, we want our library back....lol
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